Dartmouth Rat, 13 May

The Paignton and Dartmouth Railway has this year continued its subtle but important (to me!) move to increase diesel working and more importantly, letting people know and making a good show of it. From the odd trip of the last couple of years, this Spring has seen three full days advertised with 25185 working three round trips. The decent load and steep climb mean thrash is almost guaranteed and the 25 is back in good order rather than limping along as it did a decade ago.

The change at Paignton is perhaps best shown before I’d even got there – some GWR cart had sat down at Exeter St Thomas so having suffered the early start and long tram drag via Bristol it looked like I’d miss the first trip as we bounced into Paignton 15 late at 1120 for an 1115 Dartmouth departure. Having resigned myself to an early lunch, the Paignton crews had other ideas with someone looking out for runners and being ushered straight onto the train – far ‘better’ preserved lines could learn a lot.

Three round trips with a well loaded front coach, decent weather and the 6LDA thrashing away made it well worth the trek West.

The next advertised day is Friday 26 May – recommended!

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A good crowd for a humble ‘rat’, the gallery lines up for 25185 at Dartmouth, running round to form the 1200 to Paignton

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The weather was far better than forecast, showing off the early blue variant carried by 25185 to good extent during a Churston photstop on the 1300 Paignton – Dartmouth

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The last trip was amended to run a touch earlier to connect with a return ADEX easier, which meant we were looped at Paignton Queens Road to pass the kettle, another quick stop for photos before the last bit round the corner

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Posted May 21, 2017 by redcow87015 in Uncategorized

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